Ronald & Rhonda
Praise the Lord! Thank you for stopping by our website to stay updated with what the Rice Family is doing these days. Please allow us to provide some background into our missions journey. In 2014, we were approved as missionary associates to the Canary Islands. By 2016 with our funds raised, we traveled to the islands and rented an apartment in El Friele, Tenerife. Our mission was to work with veteran missionaries, Mark and Kelly Baumgartner. While there, we learned a little Spanish, helped in the Bible institute, and assisted in planting a new church in Adeje. Having accomplished a portion of those things, we cut short our term due to family complications back in the United States.
With our family settled by early 2019, we felt the Lord leading us back into full-time missions. We were approved as fully appointed missionaries to Portugal in October. Our mission is to help plant LIFE International Church in Lisbon, Portugal (https://www.lifechurchlisbon.com/). We'll be working on a pastoral team alongside veteran missionaries Dan and Joy West. We are excited about God opening the door for us in this part of Europe. We will use our giftings in pastoral leadership, music, discipleship, teaching, hospitality, as well as others to reach those who in Lisbon speak English. While the native language of Portugal is obviously Portuguese, a large percentage of the population speaks English. Many immigrants and expats from other parts of Europe and Asia speak English and make Portugal their home.
Billed as one of Europe's oldest city, Lisbon and the surrounding areas is home to almost 3 million people. On the southern coast, it is the capitol of Portugal. While there are a number of notable cathedrals, the population is primarily secular. Secular in this context simply means people living without God. Our mission is to reach the international community of Lisbon with the Good News of the Gospel.
In December 2019 we began our journey toward this mission. Watch our video: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyLX6wG8eS4&t=30s). Please help us by holding us up before the Throne of God. We are in desperate need for God to open the door into people's lives to hear our mission, pray for us, and partnering with us get there financially. We would also ask you to pray that the hearts of the people of Lisbon would be open to hear the message of the Gospel. Below is a button you can click telling us that you are and will be praying for us. Also there is an opportunity to see our latest and past newsletters. Thank you for following us through our missions journey.
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